Avril Lavigne's New Pop-Punk Album Is "a Love Letter to Women"

She'll release the currently untitled record "at the top of the year"

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Dec 16, 2021

Avril Lavigne is ready to bring "pure rock 'n' roll from front to back" on her new album — which is apparently inspired by the strength of women.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Motherfucking Princess opened up about the follow-up to 2019's Head Above Water, which she says she's looking to release "at the top of the year" via Travis Barker's DTA Records.

"I really went back to what sounds I originally was influenced by at the beginning of my career," Lavigne said of her upcoming seventh record.

"To the core, I'm a kid from a small town who listened to bands like Blink-182 and Green Day and NOFX in high school," she explained. "And I tapped into that [with 2002's Let Go], but I was also writing power ballads like 'I'm With You' and stuff like that, so this time I just wanted to have fun and rock out."

"It just felt like it was time to make this type of an album," Lavigne continued. "I was just like, 'Let's make a pop-punk record.' We used live guitars and live drums and didn't hold back, and just got to do exactly what I wanted — and what I feel like I've probably wanted to do for a long time."

The artist elaborated on the forthcoming collection's sound and the headspace she was in when she made it, as well as its driving themes and the inspiration behind them, adding:

It's just pure rock 'n' roll from front to back. There's a lot of reflecting upon different relationships that I have gone through and where I'm at, and even though there's songs about past love experiences that didn't work out, I'm in such a good place in my life that it's still just fun and feisty and light. I'm kind of poking fun at myself that I've gone through a lot in love.

My last album was deep and heavy. This album, I'm writing about love and reflecting on the last couple of years and what I've been through and my ups and downs. I wanted to keep it light and playful, which is more of a reflection of where I am today. I am comfortable and happy with who I am today, but I still go through the same struggles and I want people to feel empowered.

My message is know who you are and trust who you are. A lot of these songs are about having the strength to walk away if someone doesn't see that. I wanted to make sure I wrote music that people could relate to. It's about valuing yourself and knowing you're enough; it's really a love letter to women.

Isn't everything? Lavigne also revealed that the album features guest appearances from Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear and some "iconic musicians" that have been around for 20 years — as long as she herself has been. Last month, the singer-songwriter shared the yet-untitled project's lead single "Bite Me," which she followed by rolling out 2022 dates for her first headlining Canadian tour in 10 years.

If there was any question of whether the Avril Renaissance was really upon us... can she make it anymore obvious?

As the 20th anniversary of her breakout debut approaches, Lavigne recently revealed that she's planning on adapting "Sk8er Boi" into a movie and praised Olivia Rodrigo amid pop-punk's chart resurgence.

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